black-eyed susan & monarch butterfly #10

black-eyed susan & monarch butterfly #10

inspiration: Every now and then, I get email from someone who has stumbled on the 100 monarchs page. I feel guilty for not having accomplished my original vision. (In 2015, I had a grand idea that I would paint/draw monarch butterflies and somehow raise money for the...
Daylily

Daylily

Inspiration A flower bed of daylilies ran across the front yard of the house in which I grew up. 4 feet deep and 20 feet across, it included dozens of plants. My mother added them to her cooking, making butter-drenched buds and stuffed blossoms. When I was 13, the...
Philippine tarsier

Philippine tarsier

  Inspiration I am playing with the kind promise “I will be tender with weakness,” soI Googled “what’s the weakest animal?” And found https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-most-anatomically-weak-animal Philippine tarsier 5 Interesting Facts About Philippine Tarsiers...
School of Bluecheek Butterfly Fish

School of Bluecheek Butterfly Fish

Inspiration Because this month’s promise is about connections, I wanted to work with a creature that travels in numbers. I searched for “school of fish,” and found this photo. Creation This seemed like a fairly simple project, but it wasn’t. Painting a yellow subject...
flammulated owl nestling

flammulated owl nestling

Inspiration “snuggle into this moment like a bird into her nest,” I wrote in a poem, which prompted me to search online for images of nesting birds. I found this photo of a flammulated owl nestling. I had a good time with my research. First, to discover that...